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Blazers Beat Trade Deadline To Pick Up Backup Guard

OPB | Feb. 21, 2013 6:33 p.m. | Portland

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The Portland Trail Blazers acquired a backup guard Thursday at the NBA’s trade deadline. The Oklahoma City Thunder traded Eric Maynor to the Blazers.

To make room on the roster for Maynor, the Blazers released veteran Ronnie Price. Team General Manager, Neil Olshey, says the deal fits the Blazers’ long-term plans.

“This is the best deal we could construct. I mean we didn’t really give anything up. We’re sorry to lose Ronnie because he’s a great guy and he was a great leader for us. But at the end of the day, Eric fits into our culture. He’s a great guy in the locker room, and a really good guy out on the floor. Like I said, I think he upgrades our talent base in terms of the point guard and backcourt positions.”

Team officials say they gave up the rights to a player currently competing overseas, and used what’s called a “trade exception.” That’s basically a credit the team had, as a result of a previous trade.

The Blazers have a record of 25 wins and 29 losses. They’ve lost their last six games.

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